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Friday, November 13, 2020
Zoom Meeting

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Event Contact(s):
Monique Losson
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with Anton Hart, Ph.D.

Friday, November 13, 2020

6:00pm - 8:00pm Central Time

Zoom Live Conference

Co-sponsored by DPC Professional Development Committee and Committee on Diversities and Inclusion

CEU Fees: 2 CME/CEU offered: $30.00 for DPC Non-Members; $20.00 for DPC Members; $20.00 for Candidates, Students, and Trainees

This meeting is open to all mental health professionals and the general public. Donations are gratefully accepted to help keep our programs affordable.





Event Description:

Patient: “I think you might have prejudice against people like me, and you don’t understand and don’t really care about people like me as much as you do understand and care about your other patients who are more like you.”
Therapist: “I do care about you and, even though we are different from each other in some respects, I believe I have understood a lot. Could it be that you might be experiencing me this way because of all you have been through?”


Every psychotherapist has had the experience of being experienced, by the people whom we are trying to help, in ways that are different from how we experience ourselves. Therapeutic dialogues across the borders of racial, ethnic, or other diversities can intensify this dynamic. It can be extremely difficult, for example, to have the subjective experience of feeling dedicated to and engaged with the patient but, in contrast, be experienced by the patient as detached or insufficiently caring. Or, similarly, we may have the challenging experience of having predominantly benevolent feelings as we strive to be of help, but being experienced, nevertheless as traumatic or malevolent. Often, as psychoanalytic psychotherapists or psychoanalysts, we rely on the concepts of projection and transference to emotionally protect ourselves and sustain us, as we attempt to survive the discomfort of feeling misrecognized and, even, make therapeutic use of such uncomfortable feelings for therapeutic effect.


This presentation offers an introduction to the presenter’s concept of “radical openness” as an alternative to a stance of emphasizing multicultural competence. Radical openness will be described as a stance which seeks to receive our patients’ strange experiences of us, across the borders of racial, ethnic or other differences, as if they are bound to contain personal truths and insights, for both them and us alike, even if we at first believe that they do not.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this presentation will be able to:


  1. Develop an understanding of the anxieties associated with engaging issues of diversity, difference and otherness.

  2. Recognize the central roles of curiosity and radical openness as antidotes to cultural ignorance and insensitivity and be able to cultivate such qualities in themselves and in their patients.

  3. Recognize pitfalls and breakdowns that can occur in diversity-related explorations and find ways to use these in the service of the restoration of open dialogue.

  4. Enhance their capacity for receptive engagement in the psychotherapeutic process by implementing a stance of radical openness.

Anton Hart, Ph.D.

Anton Hart, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst and Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He supervises at several psychoanalytic institutes and at Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is a Member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. He teaches at Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. He serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in APsaA. He is in full-time private practice of psychoanalysis, individual, family and couple therapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: this activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: pursuant to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists rule 461.11(c)(2)(B) the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center qualifies as an approved CEU provider. Psychologists can claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers: the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (Provider #6949) to provide continuing education activities for social workers. Licensed Professional Counselors: pursuant to Texas Administrative Code related to the Texas State Board Of Examiners Of Professional Counselors Rule 681.142 the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center qualifies to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Dallas Psychoanalytic Center

PO Box 670218 | Dallas, Texas | 75367-0218

Phone: 214-471-5524

Dallas Psychoanalytic Center
PO Box 670218 | Dallas, Texas | 75367-0218
Phone: 214-471-5524